My wife was making potato wedges when in the middle of cooking the bottom oven element catches fire and starts to sparkle like a party sparkler. I run for my camera and when I get back to the kitchen its over my wife turned off the stove and when I turned the stove back on nothing happens.

I wish my wife did not turn off the stove so I could have gotten photos of the bottom element throwing off sparks it was neat. Oven blows up and no photos bummer, the white marks are from the electrical fire. Now if I take too long getting to the repair she might fix it herself like she does her computer.

My parents owned an appliance store in Toronto before they bought the farm north of Shelburne so if I repaired one of these I repaired a thousand. This repair usually takes about twenty minutes if you have the parts.

A point of note KNOW YOUR STOVE I can’t count the number of times I went out on a service call for my father on a long weekend just to turn on the oven so a customer could cook their turkey. They only use their oven once or twice a year and the timer had the oven turned off. Minimum charge 1 hour emergency and holiday double fee $250 an hour just to turn your stove on.

Now most repairpersons would come into your kitchen open the stove look at it and say yep it’s broke. Then they would take out the two screws holding the burner in place pull out the burner disconnect the wires and go out to their truck to retrieve a replacement burner. They come back connect the wires to the replacement burner, screw it in place, close the oven door, turn the oven on, and start to fill out the bill as he waits for the oven to heat up to confirm it is working. A lot of work for 2 to 3 hundred dollars isn’t it.

I’m not most repairpersons;I have all kinds of salvaged spare parts I just have to find out if I have the right oven element.

Now that the fun part is over it’s time to make an Instructable on how to repair an oven element?


I cannot express this enough SAFTY FIRST, this stove runs on 240 volts at 30 amps that is 7500 times what is needed to kill you so turn off the power before you do anything inside the stove. If your stove is hardwired turn off the breaker or remove the fuses, don’t just loosen the fuses take them out. It may be a pain to go back and forth from the breaker box every time you want to test something but it is not as painful as being fried at 240 volts and 30 amps.

I am lucky my stove plugs in so all I have to do is unplug the stove when I want to do a repair. First I pull the stove out and unplug the stove, if you don’t get back there often this is a good time to clean behind the stove and retrieve your pet’s toys.

Smokey likes to make my wife retrieve his toys from under the appliances.
<p>in step seven when i re attach to the oven wall ...i screw the screws in but they just keep spinning and wont tighten.....everything is flush to the wall....same screws that were taken out.....hmmmm?</p>
<p>It is not uncommon for the screws to strip when taking them out try a slightly larger screw. </p>
<p>lady kenmore oven 20 years old</p>
Hello, I have a galaxy range and the bake element is burned out the tag with the model number is blank now. I have found 2 different elements on sears parts direct for 2 different model ranges. The pictures both look to be the same. What would happen if I put in an element that just looked the same? Not sure what to do. Don't really want to buy a new stove.
<p>If it is the same size it should work.</p><p>If they look the same they are the same.</p><p>When I see a stove out for waste pickup I snatch all the parts I can. They may not look exactly the same but quite often that does not matter.</p>
<p>Thank you for the advice. When my oven element went, I called my home warrantee company who had a repairman from Sears show up but when I cleaned the oven before he came I found holes in the upper corner of the oven liner that looked like it had melted so wouldn't replace the element because of safety and liability. He tried to see if it could be replaced but it is not a replaceable part and the warrantee company won't cover it because they don't cover &quot;structural damage&quot; or &quot;manufacture defects&quot; I have had no fire in the oven, nor did I do this damage and I thought that oven liners were supposed to be made of metal. It wasn't the element that caused this as it is on the bottom and the damage is in the top left corner. When I tried to ask Frigidaire what their oven liner is made out of so I can find the proper repair patch, they insisted that it was made out of metal. I know that metal can melt at extremely high temps but this oven just had regular average use and I only used the self cleaner twice. I found a research company that is willing to do some basic tests to find out if it is metal or not but I would have to make an even bigger hole to send them a sample then patch it. Have you even run across anything like this? Is the metal they use so thin that regular use can melt it? I need to find a way to safely patch it so I can then replace the element myself since I don't think a repair person will do it with a patch. Any advice?</p>
<p>Bad paint job.</p><p>Steel burns and sometimes at very low temperatures, take steel wool and touch a match to it and it will burn. </p><p>They make ovens out of cheep steel so the oven is coated with glaze to make it easier to clean and to prevent holes like the one you describe.</p><p>You can't patch that and use it more than once without taking the oven completely apart welding in a steel patch coating it in glaze and baking it in a kiln.</p><p>The repair man is right you need a new stove, if the stove is still under warranty the manufacture should replace it. </p>
This reminds me of a friend who had a stove that hadn't work for a couple of years. I unplugged the heating element, cleaned off the grease so it would make good contact again, plugged it in, and Voila! It worked. My friend thought I was a genius.Thanks for your story.
I like your 'ible a lot... would have loved to have it several years ago... and again this past June... I had to &quot;fake&quot; it... and sadly, without the presence of mind to flip the breaker... but fortunate enough to avoid turning into a crispy critter. Will be sure to seek this out when the element disintegrates... and it is pretty spectacular... first time was when I was cooking a turkey. Finished it on the BBQ. Second time, not nearly so important a meal.
The principles of appliance repair are simple but there is a lot of voltage and current and I think the safety tips are more important.<br> <br> I was checking a refrigerator that kept blowing the breaker I unplugged the fridge and set the breaker and nothing happened.<br> <br> I plugged the fridge in and a great flaming arc came out of the receptacle burning my hand.<br> <br> The fridge was fine, the receptacle was defective, and I was in the ER being treated for electrical burns.<br> <br> That is when I learned ware gloves to.<br> <br> Did you checkout my Stove Top Repairs<br> <br> <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Stove-Top-Repairs/" rel="nofollow">https://www.instructables.com/id/Stove-Top-Repairs/</a><br> <br> Joe
Nicely explained. <br> <br>I had to do the front replacement version on my wall mounted oven; not so easy to get at the back... <br> <br>Off topic, is there some rationale to that shape of Smokey's food bowl? Never seen one like that before.
Yes Smokey's bowl is designed to keep him from eating to much at one time. He is the type to eat until he pukes.
Good ible, accurate and to the point.
Well this is handy to know. Will have to keep this stored in the old gray matter for when it happens to me. Thanks!
glad to be helpful
Very good work, Josehf!
Nice dude

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